From National Parks to Disneyland California for the Whole Family

17 nights

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This holiday takes in most of the best bits of California, San Francisco, a national park, a beach, a ranch and some desert.  In between you can find Disneyland, San Diego Zoo and a ride on a dune buggy.

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The Breakdown

Here's a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by adding them to your wishlist, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1

San Francisco

Fly to San Francisco for a 3 night stay.  During your time in the city, do take a ferry ride across the bay to Golden Gate Park for tremendous views of the Golden Gate, visit the former prison island of Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Aquarium of the Bay’s underwater wonder world or the San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures. You can also rent bikes or a Segway as well as the famous cable cars and trams.

3 nights in San Francisco

Day 4

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a vast area of craggy mountains, lakes, waterfalls and some of the oldest trees in the world. It is a paradise for the photographer and walker but you don’t have to be mega fit.  The park authorities have done a fantastic job of creating easily walkable trails to all the major highlights such as the Yosemite Falls. Do visit the Giant Sequoia National Forest where you will discover General Sherman, a tree which at about 2700 years old is thought to be the oldest living thing in the world. A moonlight hike is also a memorable experience as the light pollution is non-existent and the stars an amazing sight. If your children are old enough, you might like to take them on a rafting trip on the Merced River Canyon.

3 nights in Yosemite

Day 7

Yosemite National Park to Caliente

A couple of days to kick back and enjoy life on the ranch.  The Rankin Ranch has been owned by the Rankin family for over 100 years so they know a thing or two about riding and ranches. It doesn’t matter if you have never ridden, the ranch will have a suitable horse for you.

2 nights at Rankin Ranch

Day 9

Caliente to Los Angeles

Your home for the next three nights can either be in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, a beach side resort or near Disneyland in Anaheim.  We can provide tickets for Disneyland, the Hollywood Studios or any other attractions.

3 nights in Los Angeles

Day 12

Los Angeles to Palm Springs

Time to leave the lush coast of Los Angeles and head inland to the desert (nb if you only have 2 weeks you can either miss Palm Springs or fly home from there)

You will drive along the San Bernadino Valley and up into the desert. On the way you might want to stop at the Cabazon outlet mall from where it is only 30 minutes into Palm Springs. Palm Springs has a number of interesting things to do and see. The Living Desert is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa, you can also take a Hummer or an open top Jeep into the desert, rent some mountain bikes or explore Joshua Tree National Park about an hour away. It will be hot so you will also want to spend some time around the hotel pools.

TIP.  Do leave well after the rush hour, getting out of town can be very slow.

3 nights in Palm Springs

Day 15

Palm Springs to San Diego

Wend your way through the Palomar Mountains back to the coast of California where you can stay either at La Jolla, San Diego or on the island of Coronado. 

Aside from some serious beach time, there are plenty of activities in San Diego such as the world famous zoo and Seaworld and a Legoland. Away from the modern amusement parks, the USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years.  Large and very impressive and you can actually climb aboard and sit in some of the jets’ cockpits. 
3 nights in San Diego

Day 18

San Diego

Time to leave and board your overnight direct flight to London.

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The View

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